Pets of the Month

CAT of the Month:

My name is Kendall Marie Hawthorne, and I recently transferred from TurtleCreek in Des Moines, to Breckenridge in Omaha.  I love traveling with my mom, whether it is in a car curled up on her lap while she drives (I don’t think she likes this, but I do) or under the seat in front of her on the plane.  I am 9 years old, and I have been going everywhere with my mom since I was rescued at 3 months old from the streets of Phoenix.  My favorite place to hang out is in mom’s laundry basket on a fresh, fluffy pile of anything I can get my hair on.  My favorite activity is to chase toy birds, but only inside of the apartment.

DOG of the Month:

My name is Kevin. I live at LionsHead Apartments in Omaha, NE with my mom and dad. I am a Pomeranian and I am almost 6 years old. I was adopted 4 years ago from my mom’s friend. Cuddling is my favorite pastime, next to stealing socks. I also enjoy going on hikes; my mom has a special backpack for me to hang out in when I get tired. I absolutely love children. I am training to become a therapy dog, so I can help sick children have happy days at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center here in Omaha.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it?
There’s nothing wrong with being a show off!  Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com.

Doorstep Meal Prep

The thought of making a trip to the grocery store can make some people cringe, especially after a long day at work. So, why not make that stress a thing of the past by having your groceries and planned meals delivered right to your doorstep? Meal prep kits like HelloFresh, Green Chef and Blue Apron have grown substantially more popular in the last couple years with more and more options popping up all the time. So, which one do you choose? We did a comparison of three of the top doorstep meal kits to hopefully make your decision easier!


HelloFresh was our top choice with high ratings of best nutritional value with the most nutritional information, freshness of ingredients, and of course, great taste! However, if you’re looking to step out of the box and try some new flavors, HelloFresh has fewer options for those with adventurous taste buds. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the simplicity, HelloFresh’s meals, on average, had the lowest fat content, calories and sodium, making it perfect for those looking for healthy alternatives. Most of the meals take 30 minutes or less to prepare, but the more complicated recipes required additional time (about 15 minutes). HelloFresh is more on the pricey side with price per portion being about $11.50


Green Chef was our second choice with the majority of its ingredients being fresh and unblemished, its fiber and fat content being tied with HelloFresh, and its tasty flavors. Green Chef focuses on having all organic ingredients (GMO and hormone free) and a higher vegetable content than the other meal kits. Their meat products are also raised without the use of antibiotics. Green Chef also offers an expansive range of kits, which include vegetarian, carnivore, Paleo and gluten-free, making it ideal for diet and health conscious individuals. Meal prep time had a wider range of 20 to 45 minutes depending on the recipe. Green Chef is also one of the more expensive meal kits due to its all-organic ingredients coming in at about $11.99 per portion.


Blue Apron is our third choice, although it offers the most diverse recipes and the most budget friendly meal plans compared to the others. As far as taste, the dishes are fresh with good flavor and texture. The majority of foods were crisp, often organic and unblemished. The recipe cards do list calorie information, however they do not list any in-depth nutritional information as amounts may vary depending on how each meal is prepared. Meal cook time ranged anywhere from 25 minutes to 60 minutes depending on complexity. As stated above, Blue Apron is the most affordable with an average per portion price of $9.99.

Whether you’re cooking for your family or just yourself, make the process easier and skip the grocery store. All three of these meal prep kits offer a deal when you sign up to give it a try. HelloFresh offers $15.00 off when you subscribe to their email, Green Chef offers two free meals in your first week and Blue Apron offers 3 free meals on your first delivery. Choose the best kit for you and put those culinary skills to the test!

Spring 2017 Fashion!

Is it getting harder and harder for you to find something to wear every day? Does your closet need a bit of refreshing? Then it’s time to say out with the old and in with the new! Here are some of the latest trends when it comes fashion this Spring.

Before you hit the stores, be sure to go through your closet to make room for the incoming additions. An easy way to get rid of clothes is to look at each piece individually and decide whether-or-not you have worn it in the last six months. Chances are, if you haven’t worn that shirt in six months, you’re not going to wear it again.

Once you’ve made a nice sized pile of items, the best thing to do is donate them to those less fortunate. If you want to donate your clothes, you are better off taking them to a local homeless shelter or other non-profit charity ensuring that they won’t be sold for profit.

Now that you’ve done some good and made space in your closet, you can search the racks for some new pieces you’ll love! Here are some of the hottest trends this Spring.

It’s Time For Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air, so open-up those windows and let that fresh air in. Spring is the perfect time to take care of that cleaning you’ve been pushing off through the winter months. Here are some simple tips to help make your Spring cleaning a breeze!

While opening those windows, go ahead and give them a good scrub as well. The best cleaner to use is either a window spray, like Windex, or just soap and water. To make sure the cleaning solution does not dry before you’re able to wipe it clean, avoid the sun and do your window washing on a cloudy day. Another helpful hint is to purchase a window squeegee (Lowes or Walmart) to get a flawless finish.

The next things that are easily forgotten are the cabinets. Over time they can collect anything from dust to fallen food or grease particles to pet hair and anything in between. An easy way to get rid of the build-up, is to use a wash cloth or towel and a cabinet cream (try Home Depot or Amazon). Wipe down all cabinet fronts and in-between spaces and presto, your cabinets are like new!

Another area of your apartment home that probably needs some love is the carpet. The carpet is often forgotten about when cleaning. It’s a huge pain to pull out the vacuum cleaner and maneuver around the furniture, and it’s only really necessary to do a deep clean three to four times a year. So, skip the fuss and hire the pros to do your Spring carpet cleaning.

Now that the carpet has been brightened up, take a look at your closet. How long have you had that striped shirt that still has the tag on it? Have those jeans been on the shelf untouched for years? Well, there’s no time like the present! Clean out that closet and give yourself a fresh start. When putting things back, turn all your hangers the opposite direction. This will make it easier to see what you wear most often and what you should get rid of next time you thin out your clothes.

Pets of the Month!

DOG: My name is Cooper and I live at The Biltmore in Omaha, NE. I was adopted from the Humane Society a little over a year ago. I am a King Charles Spaniel and I’m 8-years-old. I enjoy long walks and long rides on my dad’s motorcycle.Squeaky duck is my favorite toy, and I love to meet new people and furry friends. My dad says I’m the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet!

CAT: My name is Kora and I am 4-years-old. I live in Houston, TX at the Lanesborough Apartments. I love to play fetch with my toy mice, and when I get tired from that, I enjoy sunbathing in the window. I love to cuddle and have my chin rubbed. When my parents fall asleep, I love to pull all of my toys out of my toy box. Sometimes I even leave a few of my toys in my mom and dad’s shoes to show them my love.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!

Make Every Day Earth Day!

In order to keep our planet green and beautiful for all generations, we must work together. Being informed is the first step to ensuring the future of our incredible planet. The next step is to take action. There are three ways you can help.

Get involved, give to a cause and spread the word. To get involved, you can do something as simple as planting a tree or you can help reduce your ecological footprint by using less disposable plastic. You can also help by giving to a cause of your choice. Some great causes include National Geographic – helping the conservation of our precious wildlife, The Canopy Project – helping to plant trees all around the world, or the Earth Day Network – helping to educate people on the effects of global warming and how to help.
A final way you can take action is to spread the word! Take to your social media accounts and educate those closest to you about their effects on the environment and what they can do to reduce their footprint. If we all come together, we have a greater chance of conserving our beautiful home. To find out more and learn about other ways you can help, please visit earthday.org.

Carrot Patch Pudding Cups

Ingredients:

  • Pudding:
  • 1/4 C Cornstarch
  • 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1/8 TSP Salt
  • 3 C Whole Milk
  • 6 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract

Decorations:

  • 15 Strawberries
  • 1 (12 oz.) Bag of Orange Candy Melts
  • 10 Oreos, Crushed to Crumbs

Pudding Instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt
  • Whisk in the milk slowly until fully incorporated
  • Heat over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens –
    whisk occasionally to break up any clumps
  • Add the chocolate and continue to stir until smooth, about 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract
  • Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any remaining clumps
  • Portion pudding into individual cups about 3/4 of the way full – place in
    fridge 2-3 hours

Decorating Instructions:

  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper- Place candy melts in a microwave-safe
    bowl and heat for 30-second intervals – mixing well between each
    interval until smooth
  • Dip each strawberry in the candy melts as far up to the green as you can
  • Place the dipped strawberries on the wax paper
  • Use a spoon to drizzle more orange candy melts for a striped look
  • Place strawberries in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to
    cool completely*When the pudding is ready, sprinkle each cup with a layer of Oreo
    crumbs. Place a dipped strawberry in each cup, submerging the
    strawberry about halfway down. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

February Pet of the Month

My name is Charlie. I am a Yorkie and I live in Lincoln, NE at the Lenox Village Apartments with my mom and dad, Deb and Mike. I am 11 years old. I love to walk at least 3 times a day, sometimes more. I love being able to go to work with my dad while my mom travels during the week. I love treats and expect one every time I come back in from a walk. My mom and dad love me to pieces and I love them very much too!

Recipe: Taste the Love with Red Velvet Puppy Chow!

Ingredients:
• 5 C. Rice Chex Cereal
• 3/4 C. White Chocolate Chips
• 1/4 C. Chocolate Chips
• 2 oz. Cream Cheese (room temp)
• 1 1/2 Tbsp. Milk
• 1 C. Red Velvet Cake Mix
• 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
• Valentine Colored M&M’s
• Heart Sprinkles

Directions:
1. Measure out Rice Chex cereal and place into large bowl.
2. Place cake mix and powdered sugar into a large plastic bag or tupperware with a lid.
3. Melt chocolate chips together in the microwave for 30 second increments. Careful not to burn and stir until smooth.
4. Stir cream cheese and milk into the melted chocolate.
5. Pour chocolate over Rice Chex cereal and stir until coated.
6. Dump cereal into the bag or tupperware with powdered sugar and cake mix. Shake well.
7. Spread onto a cookie sheet and let cool.
8. Mix with M&M’s and sprinkles and serve!

Recipe from: www.yourcupofcake.com/2013/01/red-velvet-puppy-chow.html